On 18 January, Veolia will unveil Bottle Festoon as part of Lumiere London; an eye catching installation brought to life by over 1,000 Londoners to help stress the importance of preserving our environment by encouraging plastic recycling as much as possible.
Early in 2018 workshops took place with several local community groups in Croydon and Sutton, and schools and community groups in South London have helped make 200 chandeliers which will create a glittering light parade along the South Bank, Mayfair and King’s Cross, as part of the UK’s largest light festival, which is free for all to enjoy.
At these workshops, there were sessions where local residents and pupils transformed used drinks bottles into glittering, eco-friendly chandeliers in a demonstration of what can be done with old rubbish.
Each workshop was supported by Veolia’s local Education Team.
The team were on hand to answer questions and they also provided some borough-specific reuse and recycling lessons before the groups began cutting, decorating and assembling 30 bottles into chandeliers that will be displayed across the UK’s largest light festival in January.
Sheila Chauhan, Communications, Education and Outreach Manager for South London, said:“With plastic recycling top of the news agenda these workshops provided us with an excellent opportunity to remind our community of the part we all have to play in protecting our environment. We really enjoyed speaking to various groups in Croydon and Sutton about plastic bottle waste and how reducing, reusing and recycling is the key to tackling it. This was creative exercise in highlighting a real issue and the children in particular had a lot of fun learning through doing.”
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Rachel Briggs, school yeacher at Robin Hood Junior School, added: “The children really enjoyed being a part of creating a masterpiece for the Lumiere London Festival. They were all really enthusiastic and couldn’t believe what beautiful chandeliers they could make out of plastic bottles. It has opened their eyes about other ways objects can be reused and recycled. We have already been thinking about what we could make with all the bottle tops!”
In total, more than 40 schools and community groups in six London boroughs were involved in making over 200 chandeliers for the festival.
These will all be used at the festival, and this means that they will be reusing more than 6,000 plastic bottles. The chandeliers will be lit from within and displayed along King’s Cross’ Bagley’s Walk, Fitzrovia and Mayfair’s Brown Hart Gardens.